I visited Sabah in late 90s and found Sabahans are living harmonious regardless their races. There are several religion followers in a family is not strange thing in Sabah unlike in Peninsula where the corpse snatch often happen.
With the invasion of UMNO Malays from Peninsula, the racial hatred sentiment will be growing like cancer in Sabah soon.
Sabah harmony impresses world – CM
by Nancy Lai. Posted on May 31, 2012, Thursday
PENAMPANG: The annual Pesta Kaamatan or Harvest Festival is a celebration that has strengthened ties among the people, especially between the leaders and local communities, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
This is Sabah’s specialty which has impressed and sparked the curiosity of foreign leaders visiting the state, Musa said when officiating at the annual Traditional Sports Festival and the opening of the exhibition at the KDCA grounds here yesterday.
“Leaders from foreign countries are impressed when they see the harmony and how comfortably Sabahans celebrate the various celebrations and festivals in the state,” he said, adding that organizing annual events such as the Pesta Kaamatan is one way to preserve the traditions handed down by our ancestors.
Musa said it is important to preserve and conserve Sabah’s cultural uniqueness so that it will become a culture that is respected by all in the country.
“Our cultural diversity and uniqueness is also a tourist attraction and this in turn auger well for the state’s progress and number of tourist arrivals to Sabah,” he said.
The ability of Sabah’s different races and cultures to live in peace and harmony also reflects the political stability in the state and country, Musa said, adding that this is one of the main attractions for investors to come to Sabah and Malaysia.
“For example, a US based company has decided to invest RM2 billion in a lobster farming project in Sabah’s east coast and they told me that they chose Sabah because of its beauty, political stability, huge potential, friendly people and good administration,” he said.
“I am proud to hear such praises from the investors as this shows their high opinion of Sabah and its people,” he said.
Musa also assured the organizing committee of the annual Pesta Kaamatan celebrations that its request for additional allocation to cover the cost of the event ‘can be discussed and can be approved”.